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The warm temperatures have continued long enough that some of our bulbs have started to sprout.  And because the deer are not the sort of critters to miss a feeding opportunity, the sprouts have already been nibbled.  It must be very confusing for the bulbs (assuming that they have feelings) when the weather freezes and thaws and then freezes and thaws again without an intervening flowering.

I know how they might feel.  The rise in temperature stimulates my desire for spring even though it is only early January.  With the post-Christmas snow now almost completely melted, daytime temperatures in the 50s, and the road deeply in mud, it feels as if it must be time to get back outside and start planting, among other things.  It is only my rational mind that tells me I have to settle for pleasant walks outdoors and a temporary respite from heavy coats and sweaters.

The question now, of course, is will there be a return to the much colder and snowier weather that is typical (climate change notwithstanding) for this time of year?  And will we be going through the freeze-thaw cycle once again?

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The traditional January thaw has begun.  After about six inches of snow on the Saturday after Christmas followed by almost two weeks of near- or below-freezing temperatures (including a record low of 3 degrees last Thursday morning!), the days have warmed into the upper 30s and 40s; highs of 55 degrees are expected this weekend.

Consequently, the passing of sunlight hours is punctuated by the steady drip, drip, drip of snow melting from the roof.  Occasionally, there is a loud clunk as a chunk of ice breaks free and falls to the ground.  Snow resists melting (it reflects most of the light and heat from the sun) but once a patch of roof or ground is exposed and the temperature remains safely above freezing, it quickly disappears.